As the world faces the oncoming reality of declining energy, fraying infrastructure, and other consequences promised to us by the profligacy of the fossil fuel age, we’re left to look into a future that at first appears a trackless wilderness. The monocrop of globalized industrial civilization has handed down precious few frameworks that we can use to understand what it will be like to live in an age of less. It has dealt with its impending dissolution by closing its eyes and pretending it’ll never happen.

And yet if we’re to survive and even thrive in the future, we must have stories. For narrative is how we make sense of our world. The high-glitz fantasies we’re offered these days won’t be much ultimate help, though: visions of spacefaring utopias or serves-us-right armageddons are diverting and perhaps cathartic, but bear little resemblance to the futures we’re actually likely to get.

New Maps is a quarterly journal of short stories that take place in the Earth’s realistic future. Not a paradisiac or apocalyptic end of days, nor an easy continuation of the last few decades’ business-as-usual with somewhat different fashions, but an era in which our ecological and energy bills have come due, and we and our descendants have proceeded to do what people always do: figure out creative ways to keep doing all those things that make up life, the loving and hating and laughing and crying and all the rest, in the times we’ve been given.

This is fiction of real life in an age of limits—an age that, like every other, will mix the tragic and the comic and the who-knows-what-just-happened, and leave it to us to make sense of it all. This is fiction full of cobbled-together and home-brewed technology, reinvented culture with sacred cows butchered and new ones bred, and mourning and celebration of the old world’s end mixed with hope for renewed health and integrity within a homespun patchwork of new ways of life.

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2021 subscriptions are expiring—renew now for 2022!

New Maps readers,

With the release of the Fall 2021 issue last month, the first year of New Maps is complete. If you subscribed starting with the first issue, like many readers, that means it’s time to renew to keep getting New Maps through 2022!

Just click below to head over to the Orders page:

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If you’ve already renewed, of course you’re good to go. If you’re not sure when your subscription expires, feel free to just write to to ask.

Subscriptions are a huge part of keeping New Maps going, and I’m very thankful to everyone who subscribed and ordered in the first year. I’ve had a great time putting together the first year of New Maps, and I hope you’ll join me for the second!


One further note: the first issue of 2022 is following hot on the heels of the latest issue. So if you’d like to send a letter for the bustling Letters section, please send it in (to by December 15th. (You can even respond to this email; just make sure to put “Letter” somewhere in the subject line, please.)

Thanks for your support,

Nathanael Bonnell

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The Fall 2021 issue is now available—plus dates, updates, and a sneak peek

New Maps readers,

It’s finally that time — the Fall 2021 issue is in press and should be reaching U.S. mailboxes right around the middle of the month (international subscribers will see their copies a little before or after that, depending on the country). If you’re not subscribed, now’s the time to order a copy — it will show up about the same time subscribers’ copies do.

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Fall issue dates and announcements

Readers and writers of New Maps,

The summer issue should have arrived for those of you who’ve subscribed or ordered a copy. And since it was a touch behind the usual schedule, with September now just over the horizon, the fall issue will be following it closely. So this is a quick update with dates for those of you who’d like to contribute something to it.

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